There are a lot of tools in the kitchen that, unless you cook a lot, you probably don’t need. A digital meat thermometer might seem like one of those things, but it’s not. In fact, it’s probably most useful for novice cooks. There are a lot of tricks that the pros know for figuring out meat “doneness” — touching your thumb to each finger and feeling the firmness of the muscles at the base of your thumb and comparing it to the firmness of your steak, for example. However, it’s hard to feel totally confident unless you use these tricks all the time. That might lead you to just throwing your hands up and ordering takeout.
Another thing to consider is that there are a lot of factors that can affect the temperature of your meat. Cooking times can’t always be relied on because different sized cuts of meat will cook at different speeds, and oven temperatures aren’t always accurate either. This adds up to a lot of guesswork, and a meat thermometer removes the guesswork. Meat thermometers are very handy for bakers too, because the difference between under and overdone is typically a matter of a couple minutes. Even if you are a great cook who knows their way around every cut of meat, it doesn’t hurt to be extra sure.
These digital meat thermometers are perfect for baking or grilling. You can even use them to check the temperature without opening the oven.
1. ThermoPro TP-16 Digital Meat Thermometer
This thermometer is designed to be set on top of the oven or grill, or it can be magnetically attached to the side. The probe runs into the oven, allowing you to get a readout as you’re cooking without having to open the oven.
Pros: Easy to check the temperature without opening the oven or grill.
Cons: Magnets don’t give the best hold.
2. ThermoPro TP20 Wireless Digital Meat Thermometer
The trouble with cooking is that it can be a pretty short time between raw and burnt, so this thermometer is great for the distracted griller. The probes are stuck into the meat while cooking, and you get a remote temperature readout on the handheld device, which works up to 300 feet away. That means you can be swinging in the hammock and manning the grill at the same time.
Pros: Provides a remote reading, allowing you to not have to be directly in front of the grill the whole time.
Cons: No low-temperature warning.
3. ANAGRAM Meat Thermometer
The ANAGRAM Meat Thermometer is easy to use. With degree capabilities ranging from approximately 58 degrees Fahrenheit to approximately 572 degrees Fahrenheit, this thermometer can handle it all. With its portable and sleek design, it’s easy for transportation.
Pros: Thin probe tip helps with reading temperatures accurately.
Cons: The battery holder can be difficult to maneuver.